The purpose of this Resource page is to provide access to key resources on women, and related challenges of religion and state in Israel.
If you come across relevant articles, op eds, scholarly papers; audios, videos, etc. in Hebrew and/or English that you think may be helpful to our members or our wider readership, please let us know so we can look them over.
Articles on Supreme Court ordering State to reconsider the “Freeze” – In the decision handed down by the Supreme Court on August 31, 2017, the State of Israel was told it must “inform the court by September 14, 2017 whether it is willing to reconsider the implementation of the Western Wall framework decision, which was ‘frozen’ in a government decision on June 25, 2017.”
Article: ‘Female rabbis don’t exist’ by Rabbi Janet Madden – Times of Israel, July 2017, Every rabbi blacklisted by the Chief Rabbinate (regardless of denomination) is male. Female rabbis do not merit being blacklisted
Agunot – 6 prominent views – This special series of articles features an original work by Orthodox Rabbi Michael Chernick, Professor Emeritus of Rabbinic Literature at HUC-JIR, New York, with responses from Rabbis Elliot Dorff, Sara Hurwitz, Daniel Siegel, Mark Washofsky, and Deborah Waxman.
Article: ‘Women get greater representation on religious councils’ – Jerusalem Post, August 2016, according to statistics provided by Hiddush, there are 49 women serving on 40 of the total 132 religious councils in the country, representing just under 17 percent of all council members.
Supreme Court ruling on mikvaot, 2016 – On February 11, 2016, Supreme Court Justice Rubinstein accepted stated that the fact that non-Orthodox conversions have still not been incorporated into the State Conversion System does not justify that non-Orthodox converts and Batei Din are denied entry into State-funded Mikva’ot.
Western Wall (Kotel) Agreement – Click here for resources pertaining to the 2016 Western Wall compromise between the Israeli government, the Reform and Conservative movements, and the Women of the Wall.
Women’s religious leadership – Click here for a list of resources on the matter of women’s religious leadership and on the matter of women rabbis in particular